She described a scenario in which knowing a user’s purchase history, existing demographic data, and whether they speak Arabic or Arabic-accented English, Amazon could identify the user as belonging to a religious or ethnic group. King said it’s plausible that the FBI would compel the production of such data from Amazon if it could help determine a user’s membership to a terrorist group. Data demands focused on terrorism are tougher for companies to fight, she said, as opposed to those that are vague or otherwise overbroad, which they have pushed back on.
Middle Class Destruction: Suicide Rates Soar Among American Workers (pinecarr, Adam)
With the American workforce declining for decades, only now it this disturbing evidence of the catastrophic damage that has already been done being released.
Suicide rates are rapidly expanding in almost every state, as it now becomes the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is one of three leading reasons that are on the rise.
So, in the context of this particular study, the freeze response could be related to an overload of stimuli because of the demands of creating your plan. By having thought through various situations and getting into the habit of quickly developing plans, you can override your body’s natural desire to “freeze” and you can take definitive, potentially life-saving, action.
In this video Lynette Zang Interviews Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre; a father, husband and survivalist that has lived through the Argentine socio-economic collapse of 2001, and the consequences such collapse had in the years that followed. He’s the author of numerous articles found on line and is recognized among the survival and preparedness community for his personal experience and no-nonsense approach to survivalism. He’s also the publisher and owner of “Surviving in Argentina”, a blog he keep up with updated articles, posts as well as reports of the situation in Argentina.
The following year, when he raised concerns with Venezuelan officials, Daquin told Reuters, he was detained, beaten and extorted by intelligence agents. They knocked several teeth out with a handgun and accused him of treasonous behavior, Daquin said, prompting him to flee the country. Government spokespeople had no comment on Daquin’s account.
After Friday night’s violence subsided, several members of the Ebola response team “were exhibiting some distress,” Tedros said, and a decision was made to pull them back to Goma, a city south of Beni, so that they could get a few days of rest and counseling. Others insisted on staying in Beni, he said, calling them “very courageous people.”
Friday’s violence was the latest in a string of attacks in the region. Earlier in the week eight peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers died in an ambush on their joint operation aimed at routing out a stronghold of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces near Beni. A number of rebels were captured in the exchange.
Other, comparatively quaint plans include driverless cars, “mixed-use” spaces that change according to the market’s demands, heated streets, and “sensor-enabled waste separation.” The eventual aim of Sidewalk Labs’s estimated billion-dollar investment is to bring these innovations to scale — first to more than 800 acres on the city’s eastern waterfront, and then to the world at large. “The genesis of the thinking for Sidewalk Labs came from Google’s founders getting excited thinking of ‘all the things you could do if someone would just give us a city and put us in charge,’” explained Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chair, when Quayside was first announced.
Ian Cameron, of South African trade group AfriForum, previously warned: “We’re really heading for a state of anarchy if something doesn’t change drastically.
“I’m convinced this year we’ll see between 21,000 to 22,000 people having been murdered in the past year.”
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ (Sparky1)
A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night—for 18 months. “For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year,” wrote Byzantine historian Procopius. Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5°C to 2.5°C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years. Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people starved. The Irish chronicles record “a failure of bread from the years 536–539.” Then, in 541, bubonic plague struck the Roman port of Pelusium, in Egypt. What came to be called the Plague of Justinian spread rapidly, wiping out one-third to one-half of the population of the eastern Roman Empire and hastening its collapse, McCormick says.
Oil Prices May Have Reached A Bottom (Michael S.)
It appears unlikely that a continued decline in oil prices is supported by fundamentals, especially if the U.S. stops granting waivers on Iranian oil imports in six months
Officials made it clear on Sunday that they did not want the Walmart tent camp to become a permanent fixture in Chico. While emphasizing that no one in the camp would be forced to leave, they said in a statement that they were assisting people who wanted to leave by relocating them to a site at the county fairgrounds. There are six American Red Cross shelters for fire evacuees, county officials said.
None of this even gets at climate change’s more dramatic effects: hurricanes that pick cotton fields clean, or floods that devastate a once-in-a-lifetime crop. As Pacific Standard reported after Hurricane Michael, farmers in Georgia say the latest round of storms may be the tipping point. They’ll have to adapt to survive, changing planting schedules, crop varieties, or moving away from monoculture.
The changes below the surface are not an academic matter. Globally, fishing is a $140 billion to $150 billion business annually, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, and in some parts of the world, seafood accounts for half of the average person’s diet. But the effects of this mass migration in the world’s oceans are also much more intimate than that.
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